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Summer 1980 

Traffic stopped over 
O'Hare International 
Airport for the MCV 
transplant program. 
For a glimpse at 
organ procurement 
see page 3. 








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Summer 1980 Volume 9 Number 2 

It's a Matter of Time 3 

A kidney is viable for 72 hours after being removed from the donor. For 
the procurement team, the surgeons and the recipient everything depends 
on time. 

Something to Think About 6 

Preconceived ideas about "the way things ought to be" disappear when 
solving math games and puzzles. 

The Black Hole 8 

Does a black hole hold the universe together, or is it a hole in the universe? 

Building a Stronger Dollar 11 

The chairmen of two congressional tax-writing committees urge the 
enactment of VAT, and Dr. Richard G. Milk, associate professor of eco- 
nomics, suggests this tax reform could improve the value of the dollar. 

Try It. Maybe, You'll Like It 14 

For an undergraduate hoping to enter the political arena or governmental 
service the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department 
of Political Science offer a "try out" program. 

Did You Know 19 

Whatever Happened To 25 

Nancy J. Hartman, Editor 

James L. Dunn, Director of Alumni Activities 

Nancy P. Williams, Assistant to the Director 

Mary Margaret C. Fosmark, Alumni Records Officer 

VCU Magazine is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Virginia 
Commonwealth University, Alumni Activities Office, Richmond, Virginia 
23284. Telephone (804) 257-1228 

Copyright © Virginia Commonwealth University 

Opinions expressed in VCU Magazine are those of the author or person being interviewed 
and do not necessarily reflect those of the university. 

Credits: Charlie Martin, design; Bob Strong, cover and pages 15-18; courtesy MCV Transplant 
Program, pages 2-5; Glen Duff, Communication Arts and Design, pages 6, 7, 32; Scott Siddons, 
Communication Arts and Design, pages 8, 9; Talmadge Harris, Communication Arts and 
Design, pages 11-13; Lori Edmiston, Communication Arts and Design, travel. 








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It's a Matter of Time ... 

"Eight million people suffer 
from kidney disease, the fourth 
largest medical problem in the 
nation. For these people," says 
Herb E. Teachey, administrator 
and organ procurement coor- 
dinator of the MCV transplant 
program, "there are only three 
options: dialysis, a kidney trans- 
plant, or death." 

At MCV the success rate, 
meaning the kidney does not 
reject for one year, is high — 85 
percent for patients receiving a 
kidney from a relative and 65 
percent for patients receiving a 
kidney from a cadaver. These are 
the only two sources of kidneys, 
according to Teachey. 

Most patients do not have 
suitable living related donors. 
Patients normally spend many 
months, sometimes years, re- 
ceiving dialysis treatments before 
a kidney is found. During their 
wait, they learn a great deal about 
transplantation from their fellow 
dialysis patients, some of whom 
may have rejected a previous 

transplant and are waiting for 
another kidney. 

For the patient and the trans- 
plant team, everything depends 
on time — most of it waiting for an 
organ donor. Ann Martin, R.N. 
and organ procurement coor- 
dinator, says, "It's depressing 
when a call comes in, because it 
means someone has died. But that 
death can mean life to someone 

MCV maintains close ties with 
other transplant centers through 
the South-Eastern Organ Pro- 
curement Foundation computer, 
which holds information on po- 
tential kidney and heart recipients 
from 138 hospitals in 40 states. 

When a cadaver kidney cannot 
be used at one of these centers, 
the computer can determine 
where the best matches are on a 
nationwide basis. 

Although kidneys can be kept 
viable for up to 72 hours, MCV 
surgeons prefer a kidney that has 
been preserved for less than 48 
hours; this helps prevent compli- 
cations. Again, it is a matter of 
time. . . 

It is 10:27 p.m. The telephone 
rings at the MCV Transplant 
Center. The caller, a transplant 
coordinator, from the Delaware 
Valley Transplant Program, re- 
ports a kidney for which he has 
no local recipients, but according 
to the computer there is a "good 
match" at MCV. 

The MCV center immediately 
contacts Teachey, and he calls 
Philadelphia to "get the 
specifics." He asks for the antigen 
profile, blood type, age, type of 
injury, complications and other 
medical data. He then contacts 
one of the transplant surgeons, 
who makes the decision to accept 
or reject the kidney based on both 
the donor's and the potential 
recipient's conditions. 

By 11:01 p.m. a decision has 
been made to accept the kidney. 
Teachey calls the Philadelphia 
center to work out transportation 
arrangements. Because the 
Philadelphia staff is taking the 
donor's other kidney to Chicago, 

Moving the kidney cassette frotn the plane to a 
waiting automobile. 

the MCV staff will pick up the 

Teachey charters a plane for a 
12:30 a.m. departure from Byrd 
Airport and contacts the preserva- 
tion technician on duty, Clyde 
Belle. Belle is told Philadelphia 
will supply the cassette, which 
holds the kidney, and a 12:10 
departure time is scheduled from 
MCV. The time is now 11:15 p.m. 

Teachey continues to make 
telephone calls. First, to the pilot, 
Gary Maull, for the estimated 
time of arrival in Philadelphia — 
1:15 a.m. Then to Martin, to 
notify her of the plane's identifica- 
tion number and of the estimated 
departure and arrival times. Now 
Martin can contact him, even in 
the air, if plans need to be 
changed, and she will take his 
calls until he returns. 

The plane lands as scheduled at 
the Philadelphia Airport. The time 
is 1:13. At the airport, the 
Philadelphia team is waiting with 
their portable kidney preservation 
machine. The kidney, itself, is 
enclosed in a sterile self-contained 
cassette affixed to the machine. 

It takes Belle 19 minutes to 
transfer the cassette to the MCV 
machine and insure that the 
machine is functioning properly. 
Teachey calls Martin to confirm a 
3:10 a.m. arrival at MCV. Martin 

The operating room being prepared for the kidney transplant. 

Clyde Belle, preservation technician, luith the assistance of transplant housestaff, taking a routine culture to iii'^un the kidney preservation solution 
remained sterile. 

then arranges for the staff of the 
Tissue Typing Lab to be ready, 
and the tissue typing begins by 

The lab staff begins by rep- 
licating a test performed in 
Philadelphia for the antigen, blood 
surface protein, identification. 
Additionally, a lymphocyte com- 
patibility test must be performed. 

As expected, the donor and the 
recipient have three, out of four 
possible, antigens matching. The 
lymphocyte "cross-match," to de- 
termine if the recipient's anti- 
bodies will fight the donor's cells, 
proves negative. It's a match! 
Normally, these tests take be- 
tween five and eight hours; this 
morning the testing takes just 
under six hours. The time is 8:56. 
If the cross-match had been posi- 
tive, MCV would then become the 
"donor" hospital and, using the 
computer system, would try to 

locate another recipient. 

By 9:28 the transplant team has 
been notified that "they have a 
match," the recipient has been 
contacted and the case has been 
posted for 1:30 p.m. in the 
operating room. 

The recipient, a man in his 
mid-40's, who has been waiting 
five years for a kidney, arrives 
from Fredericksburg and is pre- 
pared for surgery. 

The kidney begins to produce 
urine in the operating room as 
soon as it is implanted and the 
blood flow is restored. 

The waiting begins, again. First, 
four hours in the recovery room 
and then eight weeks in the 
hospital. The transplant staff 
handles the patient from the 
moment he is wheeled into re- 
covery, until the day he is dis- 

charged. The nursing care, the 
blood and urine workups and 
even the manufacture of the 
anti-rejection drug (ATG) are part 
of the program. 

After the patient is discharged 
from the hospital, he continues to 
have periodic laboratory 
monitoring. For this patient, and 
many others like him, transplan- 
tation offers an opportunity to 
return to a near normal life-style. 

Unfortunately, one of the main 
problems facing kidney transplan- 
tation today is the availability of 
donor kidneys. Each year only 
one in ten patients eligible for a 
kidney transplant receives one. By 
computer matching and long- 
distance sharing MCV and other 
transplant centers are able to 
lessen this problem, but the 
problem will remain until the total 
number of kidneys available is 

Something toThink About 

Artists, physicians, economists and professors — everyone — needs to be able to think creatively. All of 
us need to know how to "get to the heart" of a problem, figure out possible solutions and then pick out 
the best solution. 

Problems, just as the following optical illusion can be deceiving: 

As you can see from the illusion , there can be more than one viewpoint. This is true in figuring out 
problems. Problem solving skills, looking at a problem from various perspectives, can be learned and will 
improve with practice. 

C. Michael Lohr, associate professor of mathematical sciences, uses illusions, games and puzzles to 
acquaint his students with various perspectives in problem solving. Following are a few of the puzzles 
used in his classes. All of these puzzles require little or no mathematical expertise, but they do require the 
ability to look at a problem in an unexpected way. 

Additionally, these puzzles are sometimes solved faster by children than by adults, because children do 
not have preconceived ideas about "the way things ought to be." 

Challenge yourself! The answers are on page 32. 

(1) Arrange six coins in two rows, as shown 
below. Move just one coin and make two 
rows of four coins each. 

(8) Draw four connecting lines, without retrac- 
ing your path, that pass through all nine 

Hint — Do not have a preconceived idea 
about "the way things ought to be." 

(2) Using ten coins make a triangle, as shown 
below. Turn the triangle "upside down" by 
moving only three coins. 

(3) Add two matches to the three, illustrated 
below, to make eight. 

(4) Use 16 matches to make five squares, as 
shown. Then move two matches to new 
positions to form exactly four squares. 
Hint — There may be more than one solution. 

(5) A scientist's brother just died. Yet, the man 
who died had no brother. Can you explain 

(6) Two fathers and two sons divided a pie 
between themselves. Each person received 
exactly one-third of the pie. Explain. 

(7) A traveler came to a riverbank with his 
possessions: a pet alligator, a pig, and a sack 
of vegetables. The only available boat was 
small and could carry no more than the 
traveler and one of his possessions. He 
realized, if left alone together, the alligator 
would eat the pig and the pig would eat the 
vegetables. How can he transport his two 
pets and the sack of vegetables to the other 
side of the river and keep all his possessions 

(9) Six checkers are placed in three boxes. Two 
red checkers are in a box labelled "RR"; two 
black are in a box labelled "BB"; a red and a 
black are in a box labelled "RB". 
A person comes along and mixes up the 
labels. Now, none of the boxes is correctly 

By taking only one checker out of one of the 
boxes (without looking at any of the other 
checkers), correctly identify the contents of 
all three boxes. 

(10) Mary, Veda and Glenn live in different cities 
(Petersburg, Richmond, Lynchburg) and 
were each doing something different 
(working, eating in a restaurant, watching 
TV at home) when a power failure occurred. 
Each person used something for light 
(flashlight, candles, kerosene lamp) until the 
power was restored. The last names of the 
people are Plott, Bellamy and Coleman. 
Using the four statements below, match each 
person's full name with the city they live in, 
the light source they used and what they 
were doing when the lights went out. 

1. The person who lives in Richmond, 
Mary's sister, did not use candles. 

2. The man who used a flashlight took 
longer to get home than Coleman. 

3. The person who lives in Lynchburg was 
glad she was not working. 

4. Mary, who was not home watching TV, 
called Plott to see how he was. 

(11) The host at a party turned to a guest and 
said, "I have three children, and I will tell 
you how old they are. The product of their 
ages is 72. The sum of their ages is my house 
number. How old is each?" 

The guest rushed to the door, looked at the 
house number, and informed the host that 
he needed more information. The host then 
added, "The oldest hates spinach." The 
guest then announced the ages of the three 

What are the childrens' ages? (All ages are 
whole numbers. It is possible that there may 
be twins.) 

*The original problem was created hv Professor George 
Polva, Stanford University. 





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What is a black hole? Is it a hole 
in the universe? Does it lead to 
another dimension? 

According to Dr. Robert H. 
Gowdy, professor of physics, the 
public's interest in the answers to 
these questions has been whetted 
by the release of the science 
fiction movie. The Black Hole, by 
Disney studios. 

Obviously, no one really knows 
the answers to these questions, 
but scientists have been re- 
searching black holes and de- 
veloping theories about this 
phenomenon since the late 1950s. 

Gowdy, a theoretical physicist, 
has been studying general relativ- 
ity and black holes since the 
1960s, yet he does not use a 
telescope to view these "holes in 
the universe." His tools consist of 
a pad of paper and a stack of 
pencils. Gowdy considers himself 
a writer — a problem solving 

An astronomer. Dr. Paul H. 
Knappenberger, director of the 
Science Museum of Virginia and 
adjunct faculty member at VCU, 
does use a telescope, but not to 
look at black holes — they are 

Scientists know these "holes" 
exist because of the tremendous 
gravitational forces they exert. 

These forces attract space debris, 
such as gas, dust particles and 
star remnants, which line up in a 
spiraling path to be sucked over 
the hole's edge. 

Gowdy explains that a black 
hole is the corpse of a massive 
star which has exhausted its fuel 
supply and has collapsed into 

Stars, depending on their size, 
have various end points, accord- 
ing to Knappenberger. He ex- 
plains that a star begins as a cloud 
of gas and space dust, called a 
nebula. "When a nebula reaches a 
critical density, gravitational force 
causes it to contract. As the mass 
contracts molecules and atoms 
collide with one another, and the 
temperature rises. This collapsing 
cloud becomes a star when the 
internal temperatures are hot 
enough for colliding hydrogen 
nuclei to fuse to form helium. The 
star remains in equilibrium as 
long as its gravitational forces are 
balanced by the outward pressure 
produced by the heat and radia- 
tion of nuclear fusion." 

According to Knappenberger, 
in time the star will run out of 
hydrogen nuclei, but before this 
happens, the helium nuclei begin 
to fuse to form carbon. If the star 
is a small one, about the size of 
the sun, it will expand to become 
a red giant. As the helium be- 
comes exhausted, the mass 
shrinks to the size of the earth 
becoming a white dwarf, which 
finally cools off. 

If the mass of the star is 1.3 to 3 
times the size of our sun, then 
carbon burning can take place. 
After the carbon has been de- 
pleted, gravity squeezes the mass 
so hard the electrons and protons 

are jammed together to form 
neutrons. This end product is 
called a neutron star. 

Black holes occur when the star 
is more than three times, some up 
to ten times, the mass of our sun. 
After the nuclear forces cease, the 
star suddenly collapses and the 
temperature again rises. Eventu- 
ally the mass explodes. The ex- 
plosion, called a supernova, can be 
100 million times brighter than 
our sun, and the Ught created can 
be seen for weeks before it fades 

When the supernova takes 
place, the material at the outer 
edges of the mass is blown away, 
but the matter inside is compres- 
sed. This compressed mass is the 
ultimate product of gravitational 
attraction, since the star can be 
crushed to the area of Richmond. 
The matter is so dense that the 
velocity of a particle needed to 
escape the gravitational pull must 
exceed the speed of light. This is 
impossible. The hole is truly 
black, since it can emit no light, 
no radio waves, nor anything 
else. This is in line with Einstein's 
General Theory of Relativity. 
These "holes" may in fact contain 
most of the matter in the universe 
and are capable of 100 percent 
mass energy conversion. 

One way to "observe" black 
holes is by tracking the 
movements of normal stars. If a 
normal star orbits a starlike mass, 
but no mass can be seen, a black 
hole could be nearby. Also, the 
normal star's outer atmosphere 
may be drawn into the debris 
spiral around the black hole. As 
this debris gets closer to the hole, 
it orbits faster and faster until it 
reaches a large fraction of the 
speed of light and disappears. 
Since this matter is drawn in ever 

tightening spirals, a Ught emiting 
region appears around the hole; 
this resembles a disk with an 
invisible center. Further, the de- 
bris emits strong X-rays and 
scientists can detect these sources 
of X-rays with satellites orbiting 
above the earth's atmosphere. 

The black hole is important to 
scientists, and to us, because the 
discovery of this phenomenon, as 
predicted, allows scientists to 
have more confidence in their 
theories about the workings and 
the beginning of the universe. 
Most scientists now agree the 
universe was created by a gigantic 
explosion. This is known as the 
"big bang" theory. 

Based on microwave observa- 
tions of the explosion, which 
occurred over 15 billion years ago, 
scientists have two basic theories 
regarding the life cycle of the 
universe. One theory predicts the 
universe will continue to expand 
forever, and the second states the 
universe must have a finite size. 
This theory suggests the uruverse 
will stop expanding due to the 
gravitational pull of all of its mass; 
the process wiU reverse and all 
matter will return to the begin- 
ning point. The matter will then 
heat up, another explosion will 
occur and the cycle will continue. 

The black hole may be a factor 
in the evolution of the universe 
after the "big bang." Some scien- 
tists believe that a black hole or a 
cluster of these holes is at the 
center of every galaxy, including 
our Milky Way, and that these 
"holes in the universe" may be 
what holds galaxies together. 
Some scientists go further and 
suggest that our universe may be 
nothing more than a huge black 





Building a Stronger Dollar 

By Richard G. Milk, Ph.D. 

WASHINGTON— The Chairmen 
of the two congressiorial tax- 
writing committees urge the 
enactment of a new tax. 

The above, from the Yfall Street 
]oumal, is referring to the Value 
Added Tax, or for short VAT. 

For years this tax has been the 
major tax in twelve Western 

European nations. It is a modified 
cumulative sale^ tax, which is 
added to a product all along the 
production process. The tax, col- 
lected by the government from 
each firm, is ultimately passed to 
the consumer. 

Rep. Al UUman (D. Ore.), who 
heads the House Ways and 
Means Committee, and Sen. Rus- 

sell Long (D. La.), who chairs the 
Senate Finance Committee, pro- 
pose VAT as a way to cut income 
and social security taxes, perhaps 
by as much as $150 billion a year. 

What is usually not em- 
phasized, however, is the im- 
portant role VAT could provide in 
helping the United States correct 
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International trade and interna- 
tional finances are complex, but 
there are two simple facts. First, if 
the U.S. consistently buys from 
abroad more than it sells, we need 
more Japanese yen, German 
marks and other currencies to pay 
for imports. At the same time, 
there is decreased demand for the 
U.S. dollar. In the case of oil 
imports, the declining value of the 
U.S. dollar (vis-a-vis other cur- 
rencies) makes oil exporting coun- 
tries more desirous to raise their 
prices even higher to maintain the 
buying power of the dollars re- 
ceived for the oil. 

Second, for many years the 
major trading countries have tried 
to work out agreements to expand 
the exchange of goods between 
countries with emphasis placed 
upon attempts to prevent 
"dumping." This is the practice of 
selling a product at a higher price 
domestically and at a lower price 
in foreign countries. 

It may anger us that "our" 
currency's value is determined 
only partially by decisions made 

by us or by our elected represen- 
tatives. But it is a fact. 

The enormous trade deficit in 
our balance of payments in the 
last decade had us "boxed in a 
corner." Our economic rivals have 
benefitted from governmental 
subsidies for their exports, but we 
cannot levy import tariffs, because 
it is "against our gentlemen's 
agreement" and contrary to our 
desire to encourage more free 
trade among nations. 

A ten percent VAT, as pro- 
posed by Rep. Ullman, would 
both boost exports and reduce 
imports. What happens, for 
example in France, is that when 
an item is produced and sold 
domestically, the consumer pays 
the tax. But the retailer is only 
passing along the tax already paid 
by the manufacturer, the 
wholesaler and the retailer. When 
the item is exported, a lower price 
is charged to the foreign buyer, 
since VAT is a "domestic tax" 

which covers essential services to 
French citizens. However, an im- 
ported item is taxed to make its 
price comparable to that of the 
French item. 

This is the competition the U.S. 
faces in international trade. We 
cannot sell goods abroad cheaper 
than at home — that would be 
dumping — and also cannot charge 
an import tariff. But with a VAT we 
can sell goods cheaper abroad and 
increase the price of imports. 

Support for enactment of the 
VAT is not confined to this 
country. Distinguished economists 
in England have suggested that the 
U.S. urgently needs to restrict the 
growth of imports. The creation of 
new jobs and the encouragement 
of internal growth and full 
employment are benefits pre- 
dicted by the Cambridge Group of 
economic scholars in their latest 
annual economic report. 

However, if VAT is enacted and 
other tax burdens are not low- 


ered, then both the export and 
import arguments in favor of the 
tax disappear. The American 
business firm would be no better 
off in international price competi- 
tion with a VAT, if other taxes, 
principally the corporate income 
tax and the property taxes, have 
not been reduced. These costs 
would still have to be shifted on 
to foreign consumers. On the 
other hand, if there are cuts in 
income taxes, capital gains and 
corporate profits, we would en- 
courage investments and the 
employment of additional per- 

VAT, at first glance appears to 
raise prices, since it is a form of 
general sales tax. But this did not 
prove to be the case in Germany. 
During the first year VAT was in 
effect one-third of the prices 
increased, one-third decreased 
and one-third remained the same. 

Another long-range effect of 
VAT could be to facilitate balanc- 

ing our federal budget. This 
would "strengthen" the dollar 
and would have positive side 
effects on the control of inflation. 
Inflation has many "causes." 
Economists will not agree on any 
complete list of these causes, 
although four or five principle 
ones are universally accepted. 
One cause often mentioned is the 
inflationary impact of a continu- 
ally growing national debt to 
cover year by year budget deficits. 
This increase in federal debt 
seems to create an increase in the 
money supply. Judicious paring 
of government expenses and a 
wise use of VAT, to begin im- 
mediate balancing of the budget, 
could eliminate one of the major 
causes of inflation. 

Additionally, if accompanied by 
income tax cuts, VAT will encour- 
age people to save. Our taxes 
would then depend more on what 
we spend and less on our total 
income. With greater savings, we 
can have increased investments. 

and our ability to create new jobs 
is heavOy dependent upon new 
private investments. 

"Tax Reform" is a phrase that 
taxpayers have learned to listen to 
with care. But this tax reform, the 
shifting of the tax burden to those 
who buy goods, could reduce 
direct taxation, restore our compe- 
titive position in world markets 
and dramatically improve the 
value of the dollar. 

Both Rep. Ullman and Sen. 
Long have devoted much of their 
time rebutting suspicion that VAT 
would be an additional tax bur- 
den, rather than a replacement for 
some of the taxes already in 
existence. It is a tax that has been 
recommended by economists in 
the United States, since the end of 
World War I, but the idea has 
never been developed. It has been 
easier to "tinker" with our old tax 
structure than to introduce a new 
idea. But now, perhaps, the time 
for this tax has come. 


Try It. Maybe,Youil Like It 

For an undergraduate hoping to enter the political arena or hoping to become an urban planner, a public 
administrator, or an attorney, the Department of Pohtical Science and the Department of Urban Studies and 
Planning offer a "try out" program. 

The primary purpose of the program is to provide governmental work experience for upper-division 
students contemplating careers in local government, but the internship program has accepted students whose 
majors are not usually associated with government, such as interior design, economics, sociology and history. 

Students applying for the internships are screened and must be able to write and be articulate. They must 
also have some knowledge of the political environment and have at least a "B" average. Further, the applicants 
must demonstrate they are motivated and responsible. 

The Urban Government Internship Program began in the fall of 1975 and is unique because it combines both 
the legislative and the administrative dimensions of urban government. 

The program requires lots of work, including two major projects and twenty hours each week at the field 
placement. A field supervisor, who has met program requirements, handles the student's integration into the 
sponsoring organization and the work load. The faculty. Dr. John V. Moeser, associate professor of urban 
studies and planning, and Dr. Nelson Wikstrom, associate professor of political science, assist the students 
with general problem solving, define projects to insure they have educational merit and provide a bi-weekly 
series of meetings with well known politicians and administrators. These meetings focus on issues facing the 
city and state and strategies for handling these issues. Students have the opportunity to create a project which 
fits their interests, such as the economist, working with the Richmond Department of Finance, who did a 
comparative study of selected tax rates within the Richmond area. 

This year the Urban Government Internship Program placed eight students. Here is a look at some of these 

Robert A. Pratt 

This was the first year the 
internship program placed a stu- 
dent in the office of Richmond's 
mayor, Henry L. Marsh 111. 
Robert A. Pratt, a history major, 
immediately began working on 
the Richmond referendum. He, 
with his field supervisor, Ms. 
Jackie Minor, administrative assis- 
tant to the mayor, spoke at public 
forums and rallies to inform resi- 
dents of the effects of the eight 
proposals. Pratt says, "It was a 
collective effort, with everyone 
working hard . . . and we were 

After the vote, Pratt analyzed 
the election results to determine 
how people voted by district. 
Pratt was surprised to learn that 
only 45 percent of people eligible 
to vote in Richmond are regis- 

tered, and of those registered only 
46 percent voted. Yet, more 
people voted in the referendum 
than in the General Assembly and 
the City Council elections. 

This initiation into politics was 
followed by the "highlight of the 
internship" — the National Con- 
ference on the Black Agenda for 
the '80s, which was held in 
Richmond. Pratt attended plan- 
ning committee meetings and 
worked on room guarantees, 
hotel reservations, a reception, 
food, entertainment and transpor- 

"My biggest thrill was to attend 
the workshops and meet so many 
people. People like Jesse Jackson, 
Andrew Young, Coretta King, 
Benjamin Hooks and Dick Greg- 
ory. I also listened to the speeches 

and was impressed by Jesse 
Jackson. He stirs them up! When 
he speaks to youth he reveals 
their potential for greatness; he's 
electrifying, eloquent and charis- 

Pratt has always been interested 
in politics, but after this taste of 
glamour and excitement, he 
knows he wants to go into poli- 
tics. "As Jesse Jackson says, I 
might as well aim high. I want to 
be governor and then go into 
federal politics. 

"This was a once in a lifetime 
chance, since the referendum and 
the Black agenda are not normal 
activities of the Mayor's staff. But 
even the daily activities, like 
answering the phone, handling 
problems and researching were 
challenging. I gained an insight 
into the workings of intra- 
governmental affairs, and both 


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Mayor Henry I. Marsh, Robert Pratt and Jackie Minor 
discussing a proposed ordinance 

Mayor Marsh and Jackie Minor 
were wonderful. They provided 
leadership and made this an 
invaluable learning experience." 

According to Minor, Pratt came 
to the Mayor's office enthusiastic 
and after a short period of time, 
proved he could handle almost 
any assignment with a minimum 
of supervision. Minor, who had a 
similar internship while in col- 
lege, believes that students are 
removed from the real world and 
need to take the knowledge 
learned on campus and apply it in 
"real life situations." 

R. Jay Landis 

"The Federal Water Resource 
Development Act has passed the 
House . . . the Senate version is 
still in subcommittee markup," 
writes R. Jay Landis as he discus- 
ses the bill with a staff person for 
the Senate Subcommittee on 
Water Resources. Landis, an 
intern at the Department of Inter- 
governmental Affairs, already 
knows that the President has 
stated he will veto the bill, but is 
keeping "on-top-of" the legisla- 
tion because it affects Virginia. 

Landis then summarizes this 
information on the bill for inclu- 
sion in the "Washington Wire," 
an in-house bulletin for the Gov- 
ernor, Cabinet members and state 
agencies. The bulletin, a weekly 
document, keeps administrators 
abreast of bUls in Congress. 

The intergovernmental affairs 
department was created in 1976, 
as a result of a managerial study 
by the legislature to reorganize 
the executive branch. According 
to Gail R. Nottingham, supervisor 
of the Federal/ State policy de- 
velopment division, the depart- 
ment's main duty is to maintain 
liaison with Congress and 
monitor the development and 
progress of federal legislation. 
Further, it is to advise agencies of 
proposed federal legislation and 
provide the Governor with sum- 
mary reports on pending legisla- 
tion including statements of po- 
tential impact on the State. Lastly, 
the division coordinates State 
positions on the legislation, in- 
cluding the review of proposed 
testimony by State officers. 

"The office works closely with 

Students, field siipen'isors and faculty evaluating the internship program. 

the State liaison office in Wash- 
ington, which deals with the 
political aspects of working with 
the federal government. The 
Washington staff is exposed to the 
day-to-day workings of Congress 
and decides the appropriate 
mechanisms to be used in com- 
municating the State's position," 
says Nottingham. "And the ex- 
citement and glamour of dealing 
with Washington adds to the 
job." Landis agrees, "I still get 
excited when I deal with people in 
Washington, even though I follow 
ten or 12 bills at a time." 

Landis was responsible for 
tracking bills dealing with water 
and air pollution, resource de- 
velopment, strip mining and 

economic development. "You 
wouldn't think it, but following 
even ten bills keeps you busy," 
says Landis. "I have to keep 
informed of positions taken by 
other states and organizations 
and review the Congressional Rec- 
ord and the Congressional Monitor. 
The job involves a lot of other 
reading, but it's been exdting, 
partly because it has increased mv 
knowledge. I've also learned that 
politicians are human and that 
politics can be personal. This 
placement has given me a differ- 
ent slant on legislative actions 
from what I've learned in class. 
But this is not what I want to do 
for the rest of mv life, even 
though I want to stav involved in 
urban government. Right now I'd 


Andreiv Sncad and Leonardo Chappelle revicu'ing 
questions raised at an advisory committee meeting. 

just like to get a job, get some 
more work experience, then make 
a decision about what I really 
want to do." 

Andrew D. Snead 

"I applied for the internship 
program because I was dred of 
doing classroom work ... It 
didn't seem practical. I love to 
come to work, because I can use 
the theory, and it makes going 
back to the classroom more in- 
teresting," says Andrew D. 

Snead, placed at the Richmond 
Commission on Human Relations, 
is "treated as a staff person," says 
the executive director of the 

commission, Leonardo A. Chap- 
pelle. According to Chappelle, the 
commission does not make work 
for the intern; he is involved in 
the daily staff activities. Snead's 
major assignment is to "work 
with the four regional advisory 
committees of the commission. 
He serves as a resource person for 
these committees, with a large 
part of the job to secure interest in 
the meetings." Snead arranges for 
meeting sites, prepares agendas, 
writes minutes and provides 
follow-up on questions or con- 
cerns raised at these advisory 

"Committee actions have 
caused one committee's atten- 
dance to go from ten to 42, a 

delay on the extension of the 
Martin Luther King viaduct, and 
the East End to have free ambu- 
lance service," says Snead. 
"When I see these changes, as 
with the defeat of the referen- 
dum, it's not only a victory for the 
people, but for me, too." 

The commission has had a 
major change in focus this past 
year, due to City Council action, 
and Snead has been a part of the 
implementation meetings. The 
commission, since its formation in 
1968, has acted as a conciliatory 
agency, which mainly sponsored 
activities to promote racial har- 
mony, even though it did handle 
complaints and research prob- 


The council action allows the 
commission to have a more active 
role as an enforcer, and it can now 
act on housing, public accommo- 
dations and credit discrimination. 
Additionally, the commission is to 
assist companies, if there is a 
need, in developing affirmative 
action plans which comply with 
the City's contract requirements, 
and it also monitors the City's 
internal affirmative action pro- 

"I've worked with the equal 
rights and education coordinators, 
listened to complaints, and as- 
sisted in conducting research. But 
my biggest thrill is to attend the 
meetings ... to learn how deci- 
sions are made. And Mr. Chap- 
pelle finds time to discuss some of 
the major issues facing the com- 
mission with me." 

One of Snead's major projects 
is to produce a booklet about the 
Jewish population in Richmond. 
Chappelle states, "The booklet is 
the second of a series on 
minorities in Richmond; last year, 
one was published on Blacks. The 
booklet is designed for use by 
high school students and will be 
part of an anthology. It will 
explain the Jewish holidays and 
the basic cultural and religious 
differences between the Jew and 
Gentile. Andrew is forming a 
committee of Jewish leaders to 
oversee the project. "Chappelle 
continues . "Our hope is that the 
booklet will be incorporated into 
classes, because discrimination 
and prejudice are usually based 
on ignorance. This is because 
people tend to think the way they 
do things is right and proper. 
They just don't know there might 
be another way." 

Snead has enjoyed his in- 
ternship, but it has made him 
more committed to becoming a 
high school counselor. "Kids need 
to know they must have a quality 
education. I'd like to work with 
pre-dropouts and dropouts. 
Chappelle has given me the 
chance to develop skills I never 
thought I had. He allows some- 
one to expand. 1 want kids to 
have the same opportunity." 

William Landsidle asking; Pat Johnson about an 
item on the daily calendar 

Patricia C. Johnson 

The Joint Legislative Audit and 
Review Commission (JLARC) is 
not widely known outside of 
Virginia state government. How- 
ever, the commission, established 
in 1973 as an arm of the General 
Assembly, is an especially potent 
oversight resource. The commis- 
sion reviews and evaluates the 
operation and performance of 
State agencies, programs and 
functions. The 25-member staff 
gathers, evaluates and reports 
information to a 12-member 
commission, composed of four 
Senators, seven Delegates and the 
Auditor of Public Accounts, 
which then makes recommen- 
dations to the General Assembly 
and the Governor. 

The commission has an urban 
planning student assigned as an 
intern. Patricia C. Johnson had no 
experience in the legislative proc- 
ess and had no idea of what to 
expect from the placement. 
Johnson says, "My most im- 
portant lesson was that legislators 
have an extremely difficult job, in 
that the precise wording of legis- 
lation is crucial." Prior to the 
internship Johnson planned to 
become an attorney; the legisla- 
tive experience strengthened that 

Johnson, according to William 
E. Landsidle, division chief, acted 
as "the eyes and ears of JLARC 
staff during the assembly ses- 
sion." Her role was to track 

legislation through committee 
hearings and floor actions, and 
she spent the major part of her 
time observing the work of legis- 
lators and their staffs. 

Johnson's day began by pre- 
paring a calendar on biOs of 
interest to JLARC and actions 
taken by the General Assembly 
the previous day. 

When the assembly was not in 
session, Johnson was involved in 
research projects. As such, she 
worked in literature searches, de- 
veloped abstracts and determined 
the usefulness of information 
supplied to the team by agencies. 
According to Landsidle, research 
into state functions is usually 
handled by a team of three to four 
persons. "We have an applied 
approach to research, as opposed 
to pure research. That is, the 
commission deals with real world 
issues and must offer practical 
solutions to problems, because 
they are trying to insure the 
efficient and effective use of state 
resources. Much of the research is 
of a survey nature, utilizing ques- 
tionnaires," says Landsidle. 

"We use the information 
supplied by these questionnaires, 
materials supplied by agencies 
and our own observations. When 
we present the results of our work 
to the commission members, we 
give them a total package, in- 
cluding proposed recommen- 
dations for change. If necessary, 
the commission then decides 
whether or not to adopt a recom- 
mendation and appropriate next 

Johnson's experience in work- 
ing with JLARC made her realize 
that research does not have to be 
boring. She admits that she went 
into the placement with that fear, 
but her experience has proved 
that research can be both in- 
teresting and absorbing. 

"My internship showed me that 
basics must be learned in the 
classroom," says Johnson, "but 
that people must apply the tools 
they've learned in order to ap- 
preciate them." 



Dots 'n' Dashes 

"Forget your legs, think of 
gazelles running through the 
forests. Don't fight it, just float. 
Don't use much energy," com- 
mands Frances Wessells, assistant 
professor of health and physical 
education, to a roomful of tired 

The dancers are drained from 
four months of rehearsal for the 
VCUDANCECO spring concert 
and from this, the company's 
dance class. 

Again and again, they leap and 
turn, leap and turn — some getting 
better; others worse. It has been a 
long day and class has only eight 
minutes to go. 

As the class itself ends, most of 
the 32 dancers sit around the 
dance floor edges, while Wessells 
has a group of dancers perform 
one of the concert numbers. 

Wessells continues her direc- 
tions, "Don't stop, keep that beat! 
Stretch! Move! Make it say some- 

Later, Wessells says, "I try to 
get them to feel the dance, to 
learn the nuances that make 
dance. Along with teaching the 
basics, I want them to learn how 
to move in a variety of ways, to 
extend their range of movement, 
both physically and esthetically. 

"The dancers do all the work 
for the concert; of 17 pieces only 
three are choreographed by fac- 
ulty," says Wessells. 

"The pieces reflect us," says 
Linda Hains, a senior majoring in 
sculpture. "The company doesn't 
reflect a school style; instead it 
reflects us, as individuals." 

Theresa Berry, a VCU employee 
and president of the company, 
adds, "The fact that we choreo- 

graph our own work is one of our 
strengths, but because many 
people, like myself, just started 
dancing within the past five years 
we are not technically skilled." 

member of the mid- Atlantic re- 
gion of the American College 
Dance Festival, which is being 
organized all over the country. As 
part of the festival, a "gala per- 
formance" was held at Hollins 
College in Virginia. The dances 
performed were ajudicated by 
famous professionals, with each 
school allowed to submit two 
dances. "These judges selected 
the best dances for a Saturday 
night performance, and both of 
our numbers were chosen," says 

The company also performs 
with the Virginia Museum lecture 
tours and at area schools. One 
popular number is "Dots 'n ' 
Dashes," based on round and 
long forms, which take on their 
own personalities. Other favorites 
include a dance based on elbows 
and one using movements of a 
volleyball game. 

"It's taking the normal 
everyday things and making a 
statement that makes modern 
dance exciting for us and for the 
audience," says Berry. 

started five years ago and from its 
beginning, members have wanted 
a dance program at VCU. This 
coming fall a B.F.A. in dance will 
be offered through the School of 
the Arts, and says Wessells, "It is 
hoped that by 1983 a Master of 
Fine Arts will be added." 

According to Wessells, "The 
dance department will service the 
total community, with only two 
classes restricted to dance 
majors." Eventually, she hopes, 
the department will expand to 
include a community dance com- 
pany, for senior citizens, re- 
tarded, and for people who "just 
want to move." 


A Talented Competition 

Fierce competition dominates 
the selection for two communica- 
tion arts and design honors 
courses. University Graphics and 
Community Graphics. Over 50 
students submitted portfolios for 
screening, but only 17 students 
were chosen for this year's 

Students in these classes actu- 
ally work with university or off- 
campus clients to produce and 
design publications. 

Although students receive no 
pay for their work, "their reward 
is the printed piece for their 
portfolios," says Charles B. Sca- 
lin, associate professor of com- 
munication arts and design and 
originator of University Graphics, 
now in its seventh year. 

University Graphics was started 
to provide design services to the 
Anderson Gallery. Within the first 
two years, other departments 
within the School of the Arts, and 
then the university as a whole, 
began to request the services. 
Eventually, non-profit organiza- 
tions also became clients and an 
additional class. Community 
Graphics, was initiated in 1977. 

According to Robert C. Carter, 
assistant professor of communica- 
tion arts and design and instruc- 
tor for Community Graphics, 
"Over 100 community organiza- 
tions have used the services at 
VCU during the last two years. 
The students have designed 
pieces for Theatre 4, the 
Richmond Symphony, the Feder- 
ated Arts Council, the Richmond 
Chamber of Commerce, Ches- 
terfield County and the Science 
Museum of Virginia, to name a 

The students, in working with 
community and university clients, 
are not limited to the design of 
printed materials, and projects 
may include a slide presentation 
or exhibition design. 

"There are problems associated 
with the classes," says Scalin. 
"Rob and I have to watch stu- 
dents closely to insure that they 
are adhering to the client's 
schedule, and we have to become 
involved if the client and student 



Monument Avenue 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sundav April (11980 

Monument Avenue Easter Parade poster, University Graphics 

have a problem. But the major 
drawback is classes are used as 
critique sessions and not as de- 
sign classes. 

"The classes will change this 
fall; they will merge to form the 
Design Center. The purpose will 
be to have a real design studio 
situation, where students can ac- 
tually work on projects," says 
Scalin. "Hopefully, each student 

will have an area of his own. An 
instructor will be available full time 
to answer questions and guide the 
student's progress. We're hop- 
ing," he adds, "to keep the 
number of students limited to ten 
and screen the jobs at the begin- 
ning of the year, so some students 
don't end up working on seven 
projects at one time. Of course, 
we're also hoping that the stu- 
dents will remain eager, 
motivated and competitive." 


VCWs School of the Arts poster for fund raising, 
University Graphics 


speed Training 

Become a faster runner for short 
distances of 15 to 100 yards by 
taking faster and longer steps and 
smoother and more powerful 
steps. Join the VCU Speed Camp 
and learn how to improve your 

running. The camp will give you 
the chance to become faster in 
your chosen sport. You will learn 
how to run for basketball, foot- 
ball, tennis, hockey or other 
sports which demand speed. The 
camp will be held July 14-18. For 
additional information contact 
Constance Ober, Division of Con- 
tinuing Studies and Public Ser- 
vice, 301 West Franklin Street, 
16th floor, Richmond, Virginia 
23284, or telephoning (804) 786- 

The Next Biennium 

The Virginia General Assembly 
approved $118.6 million of the 
$131.4 million 1980-82 biennium 
request of Virginia Common- 
wealth University. The university 
did reasonably well in the legisla- 
tive appropriation process con- 
sidering anticipated reductions in 
the state tax revenue and an 
expected decrease in Federal Rev- 
enue Sharing funds. 

This appropriation, based on a 
ten percent increase in tuition 
rates, leaves the university with a 
shortage of funds for both the first 
and second year of the biennium. 

The university is working on a 
budget which reflects the proj- 
ected revenues. The vice- 
presidents have been asked to 
document needs and identify 
areas where funds can be reallo- 
cated. Further, they are to elimi- 
nate staff through attrition and 
examine alternative funding 
sources as a means of supporting 
existing programs. 

VCU has been notified that a 
supplemental appropriation 
would be considered for the sec- 
ond year, if funds become avail- 
able, but the gap between funding 
and the university's needs is 
projected to widen in the coming 
years. VCU plans on meeting this 
challenge by self-evaluation and 
by working to obtain funds from 
additional sources. 

Prime Time: Summer 1980 

The summer of 1980 can be 
prime time for you at VCU. You or 
your college eligible son or daugh- 
ter can earn college credit from 
nearly 1,000 courses. Day or 
evening classes are offered in 
sessions which vary from three 
weeks to nine weeks. 

Registration for all classes, in- 
cluding those being held abroad, 
will be on Tuesday, June 10, from 
9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Hibbs 
Building, first floor, 900 Park 
Avenue. Write or visit Summer 
Sessions, Virginia Common- 
wealth University, Room 114, 901 
West Franklin Street, Richmond, 
Virginia 23284, or telephone (804) 
257-2000 to obtain registration 
materials, establish eligibility and 
have your questions answered. 

Summer Sessions Calendar 

Regular registration- 

Tuesday, June 10 
9:30 a.m.— 8:00 p.m. 
Hibbs Building, first floor 
900 Park Avenue 

Summer Session Dates 

Five-week session — 
Six-week session — 
Nine-week day sessions — 

Three-week post session — 

Evening College II — 
Evening College III — 

Special day courses and workshops — As listed in catalogue 

June 23— July 25 
June 16— July 24 
June 16 — ^July 16 
July 17— August 15 

July 28— August 15 

June 16 — August 7 
June 23 — August 14 


A Third Edition 

The third edition oi ]oh Guide for 
Richmond Area High School Stu- 
dents, a book produced by the 
School of Education and the 
Richmond Public Schools, has 
been published and distributed to 
school counselors in the 
Richmond metropolitan area. 

It contains information on 76 of 
the largest firms in the area. 
Employment possibilities with 
these firms are listed by the job's 
title and its Dictionary of Occupa- 
tional Titles number. Also in- 

cluded in the guide are general 
duties, minimum qualifications 
and the number of positions a 
firm has for a specific job. 

The information was compiled 
by 11 counselors from area high 
and middle schools who attended 
the Business and Industrial Semi- 
nar taught by Dr. Andrew V. 
Beale in the 1979 summer session. 

The book is distributed without 
charge to all middle and high 
school guidance offices in the 
area, the Virginia Employment 
Commission, public libraries, and 
city, state and private agencies. 

The Ronald McDonald house 

A Miracle on Monument 

A home-away-from-home for 
the parents of children who are 
undergoing treatment for 
leukemia, other cancers, and 
other serious diseases at MCV 
opened on April 15. 

The home, built in 1924 at 2330 
Monument Avenue, has ten bed- 
rooms, seven baths, kitchen, 
laundry room, a large playroom, 
front and rear porches and a 
carriage house. 

The owners of McDonald's res- 
taurants in central Virginia bought 
the house for $145,000 in Sep- 
tember 1978 and gave it to a 
non-profit parents' group to oper- 
ate. That group. Children's On- 
cology Services of Virginia, has 
received donations of materials, 
services and cash to repair, re- 

model and redecorate the home, 
which had been used as a nursing 
home for many years. 

The home, named the Ronald 
McDonald House, will charge 
about $5 a night for families able 
to pay and nothing for families 
who cannot afford the charge. 

According to Dr. Harold M. 
Maurer, chairman of the pediat- 
rics department, more than half of 
the children treated for serious 
diseases at MCV come from out- 
side the Richmond area. "Daily 
travel to MCV or hving in motels 
creates quite a family strain and 
financial hardship for them," he 
says. "The home will be an 
immense help to these families." 

WOliam Van Arnum, president 
of Children's Oncology Services 
of Virginia says, "Ours is a 
miracle on Monument Avenue." 

Alumni Award 

Teresa Ann Atkinson of 
Mechanicsville, Virginia, was the 
26th recipient of the Virginia 
Commonwealth University 
Alumni Association (Academic 
Cajnpus) award. The award, pre- 
sented annually, was given for 
her outstanding academic 
achievement, leadership and ser- 

Atkinson received a bachelor of 
science degree in mass communi- 

While at VCU, she was chair of 
the Election Committee for the 
Academic Campus, reporter for 
the Commomvealth Times and 
selected to appear in Who's Who 
Among Students in American Uni- 
versities and Colleges. Additionally, 
she was active in the Public 
Relations Society of America and 
the Student Affairs Committee of 
the Faculty Senate. 

A Teacher Shortage 

Remember when the teacher 
applicant had no trouble in se- 
curing a teaching placement? 
Well, according to Rollie Oatley, 
Jr., director of the Office of Place- 
ment Services, by 1985 this will 
again be true. Oatley says, "The 
pendulum of supply and demand 
is again moving. 

"The surplus of teachers is so 
readily apparent that we fail to 
see a shortage is already begin- 
ning to exist in some areas." And 
he adds, "The shortage of 
teachers will be great in the not so 
distant future." 

The Office of Placement Ser- 
vices conducts a statewide survey 
of school administrators each year 
to determine projected teacher 
vacancies for the upcoming year. 
Last year's survey results in- 
dicated that the teacher supply is 
waning. The survey showed Vir- 
ginia's schools would hire 40.98 
percent more teachers this year, 
than in 1979. 

Another indication is a report 
by the Association for School, 
College and University Staffing 
(ASCUS), which states there was 
a significant decline in the 
number of candidates completing 
student teaching between 1971 


and 1976. This ASCUS forecast 
was reconfirmed and a report 
issued in February 1980. 

"Today," Oatley says, "is the 
time to address the waning sup- 
ply of teachers. However, given 
the usual time lag of five to six 
years before there is an acknowl- 
edgment of a surplus or shortage, 
the impending teacher shortage is 
not a matter of public concern 
today, but it will be, in the mid- 

An Interactional Event 

The Third Annual Alumni 
Association Institute of the School 
of Social Work was held April 18 
and was attended by more than 
230 people. 

This institute explored the 
problem of child abuse, with Dr. 
Alfred Kadushin, an internation- 
ally known expert on children and 
professor of social work at the 
University of Wisconsin, as the 

Kadushin explored child abuse 
as an "interactional event" and 
explained that in many cases the 
child is the instigator for the 
abuse. He went on to say that 
parents, even though they are 
responsible for the abuse, can at 
times lose control because the 
child aggravates the situation. He 
reminded the audience that when 
counseling parents, the behavior 
of the child must be taken into 


In the Spring 1980 issue of the 
magazine. Dr. Wayne C. Hall was 
incorrectly identified. Dr. Hall is 
the vice-president of academic 
affairs at VCU. 


Dr. Edmund C. Arnold, profes- 
sor of mass communications, has 
received the United States Army's 
Outstanding Civilian Medal. The 
medal recognizes Arnold's long 
association with military pub- 

Dr. George E. Hoffer, associate 
professor of economics, has been 
appointed to Senator John 
Warner's state advisory commit- 
tee on the Chrysler Corporation. 

The Virginia Occupational 
Therapy Association has elected 
Ruth A. Meyers, assistant profes- 
sor of occupational therapy, 
president of the organization. 

Dr. Otto D. Payton, professor 
of physical therapy, was ap- 
pointed chairman of the grants 
review committee for the Founda- 
tion of Physical Therapy. 

An A. D. Williams grant has 

been awarded to Barbara J. Small, 
assistant professor of medical 

Dr. Martin A. Tarter, associate 
professor of education, has been 
selected to receive an Award for 
Excellence in Private Enterprise 
Education from Freedoms Foun- 
dation at Valley Forge. 

Dr. Richard S. Luck, assistant 
professor and director of the 
regional education program — 
VCU Fisherville, has been 
awarded $73,151 in supplemental 
funding by the Rehabilitative Ser- 
vices Administration of HEW, for 
support of his department's pro- 

Dr. Charles H. O'Neal, asso- 
ciate professor of biophysics, has 
been elected to an additional 
three-year term as a commissioner 
on the Scientific Manpower 
Commission, Washington, D.C. 

A broadcast concert on the 

200-station National Public Radio 
Network marked Professor Fran- 
tisek Smetana's 50th year as a 
performing artist. The 90-minute 
concert by the famed Smetana 
Trio included his String Quartet, 
Opus 4, as well as the Brahams 
Sonata in E Minor for cello and 
the Trio "Dumky" by Dvorak. 

The Virginia Environmental 
Endowment has funded three 
more years of research on the 
health effects of environmental 
chemicals to Dr. Philip S. Gueze- 
lian, Jr., associate professor of 

Ronald P. Reynolds, associate 
professor of recreation, has been 
appointed to serve as editor of the 
Therapeutic Recreational ]oumal. 

Dr. Beauty D. Crummette, 

associate professor of nursing, 
was elected chairman of the 
Maternal-Child Health Profes- 
sional Practice group of the Vir- 
ginia Nurses Association. 

Shirley T. Downs, assistant 
dean. School of Nursing, has 
been elected senator of the South- 
ern Branch of the American Per- 
sonnel Guidance Association. 

Dr. Gloria M. Francis, profes- 
sor of nursing and director, re- 
search activities, was elected to 
the Council on Faculty Affairs by 
the University Assembly. 

The American Council on Edu- 
cation has named Dr. Grace E. 
Harris, associate dean. School of 
Social Work, one of 35 ACE 
fellows for 1980-81. During the 
fellowship period, Harris will be 
involved in fuU-time study of 
academic administration at VCU 
and will actively participate in 
decision-making, projects and 
day-to-day planning. 

The Virginia Association of 
Alcoholism Counselors gave their 
President's Award to Dr. Marcia J. 
Lawton, assistant professor in 
rehabilitation counseling, for de- 
votion and personal commitment 
to advancing the new profession 
of alcoholism counseling. 

The Virginia Center on Aging 

has been selected as one of 170 
national repository sites for 
documents from the Service 
Center for Aging (SCAN). The 
documents wall be housed in the 
Microfilm Reading Room of the 
Cabell Library and are available 
for use by the public. 


Whatever Happened To,.. 

Capturing Memories 

Pamela K. Barefoot (B.S. psy- 
chology, 1972) grew up around 
tobacco farming. Her daddy, her 
uncles and her neighbors all 
nurtured their crops from the first 
spring planting until the yellow 
leaves were sold off the 
warehouse floor. 

To her, working on a tobacco 
farm was just something she did 
to earn money during the sum- 
mers. But in 1977 she quit her job 
as a rehabilitation counselor with 
the Virginia Department of Cor- 
rections Division of Youth Ser- 
vices, because she "couldn't be- 
lieve the youth really didn't care 
about themselves or each other. 

"At that time, I wondered how 
I got my values — values so differ- 
ent from the ones those kids had. 
I began to think about working 
with all the neighbors on the 
tobacco. The hard work, the 
sharing and the fun. 1 discovered 
a lot of country is still flowing in 
my blood and I also realized that 
tobacco farming is a vanishing 
way of life." 

Barefoot began a search for 
books on tobacco farming and 
"her folk." She hunted through 
basement stacks in libraries, comb- 
ed bookstores and even called 
tobacco companies trying to find a 
history of tobacco farming. 

She found that such books did 
not exist and decided to docu- 
ment that history. Using the 
money received from her con- 
tributions to the State retirement 
system as "seed" money, she 
began to record today's version of 
America's first industry. 

She began in Johnston County, 
North Carolina, with her 
neighbors and worked her way 
south down through Georgia, 
then proceeded north into 

Additional financing for the 
research came from a $3,074 
Youthgrant from the National 
Endowment for the Humanities 
and a $2,000 advance book pur- 

Panida Barefoot 

chase from the Universal Leaf 
Tobacco Company. Also, Barefoot 
waited on tables and held yard 

She followed the tobacco sea- 
son for one year, from August 
1977 to August 1978 and she 
recorded everything about the 
tobacco from the seeds being 
planted to the selling of the crop. 
Barefoot shows all the labor in- 
volved in producing an acre of 
tobacco, seedlings being transfer- 
red one-by-one and fingers 
pinching off tobacco worms and 
tobacco flowers. 

She also records the harvesting 
men, who start picking fluecured 
tobacco in the second week of July 
by pulling off the three bottom 
leaves on each plant. These leaves 
are laid out carefully to insure they 
are not broken, then tied. This 
picking process goes on once a 
week for six to ten weeks. Then the 
family cuts wood all winter for 
curing the tobacco. 

According to Barefoot, 300 
hours of labor must be put into 
cultivating and marketing each 
acre of tobacco, while it takes only 
four hours for an acre of wheat. 

Barefoot says she "tried to 
relate the values of the small 
farmer, showing the industrious- 
ness, the hard work and the 
pride," and she "let the people 
tell their own stories." 

"The people care for each plant 
from seed through maturity and 
they love it," says Barefoot. The 
book's closing quote captures this 
affection between farmer and 
crop. "I like to watch my tobacco 
grow. 1 go out there every morn- 
ing and look at it, make sure it's 
all right, tend to it and study 
things about it. 1 like it. I sure 

Another farmer says, "My 
daddy was one of the first men to 
plant a hill of tobacco in this part 
of the state. After my daddy 
planted it, I decided I'd plant me 
some to see if it'd grow. I got 
about a dozen hills and set them 
out beside the fence just to see 
what they'd do. 'Twas the pret- 
tiest crop of tobacco you ever 
seen! . . ." 

Gathering material for the 
book. Mules and Memories was 
easy since Barefoot "speaks the 
language" and, she was trusted 
because her father was a "bacca" 
farmer. Her problems began 
when she wanted to publish the 
book herself. In order to have 

"You know, if a wasp or anything stings you, 
you rub it good with wet snuff and it will ease 
the pain off. " 


"V/e used to handle each leaf like it was a 
dollar bill. Nozv we walk all over them. If my 
daddy could see that, he'd quiver in his grave. " 

10,000 copies of her book printed 
she needed a $68,000 guarantee 
for the printer. To raise this 
amount she formed a publishing 
company and worked on selling 
advance copies of the book. The 
printer, W. M. Brown and Son, 
Richmond, agreed to back the 
project by printing a four-page 
brochure on Mules and Memories. 
From this publicity piece and 
many meetings with farm organi- 
zations, tobacco companies and 
other businesses, she sold $55,000 
worth of advance copies. But she 
needed $15,000 more. 'T cried, 
because I knew it couldn't be 
done; then the pieces fell in place. 
Universal Leaf co-signed a $5,000 
loan for me, the Tobacco Institute 
bought $5,000 more books and my 
dad took out a $5,000 loan in 
North Carohna. " 

She still owes money, but 
Barefoot is living off the books, 
not only by selling them, but by 
bartering them for necessities. 

"It was a long struggle to get 
the book printed," says Barefoot, 
"but it was worth it. All the 
people 1 talked to received a copy. 
I still visit a few people from time 
to time and have become close to 
a couple of families. Now, 1 have 
my memories and my book." 



James F. Terrill (M.D. '18) is retired 
from the U.S. Navy after 30 plus years 
of service. He was a Captain in the 
Medical Corp. 


Samuel P. Kayne (D.D.S. '36) was 
elected to membership in the American 
College of Dentistry. 


Banij Benacerraf (M.D. '45) chair- 
man of the department of pathology at 
Harvard Medical School, has been ap- 
pointed president and chief executive 
officer of the Sidney Farber Cancer 

Shirley Scherker Geller (certificate 
occupational therapy '45) is the director 
of adjunctive therapies at the Commu- 
nity Hospital of North Hollywood. 


Arthur G. Meakin (M.D. '48) just 
completed serving as president of the 
medical staff of the Greenville Hospital 
System, Greenville, South Carolina. 


Nikki Calisch Fairman (B.S. jour- 
nalism '49) has been named director of 
special projects for the Metro Com- 
munications Group — Metro Asso- 
ciated Services in New York City. 

Barclay Sheaks (B.F.A. fine arts '49) 
had an exhibit of his paintings at the 
Harold Decker Gallery. 


KathrynCuppHill(B.M.E.'51)is the 

music director of St. Thomas Episcopal 
Church on the Isle of Hope and sings in 
the Savannah Symphony Chorale. 

Henry B. Moncure (B.S. business 
'51) has been in business in Gaston, 
North Carolina, since 1956. He works 
as a real estate broker and is involved in 
land development on Lake Gaston. 
Also, he is past-president of the Lake 
Gaston Chamber of Commerce and ac- 
tive in the Lions Club. 


Robert L. West (B.S. physical 
therapy '53) is the director of the physi- 
cal therapy department for Watson 
Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. 


Ohlen R. Wilson (M.D. '54) is cur- 
rently serving on the hospital board for 
the Foreign Mission Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention for three 
hospitals in the middle east and is an 
assistant professor in the family prac- 
tice department of the Medical College 
of Georgia. He also continues a family 
practice in Alma, Georgia. 


Paul N. Bridge (M.H.A. '55) has 
been appointed by the Governor to the 
Virginia Advisory Council on 
Emergency Medical Services. 

Leroy S. Safian (M.D. '43M, 
resident-radiology '55) has been 
elected to membership in the Associa- 
tion of University Radiologists and was 
the speaker at the annual meehng of 
the American Society of Head and 
Neck Radiology in Palm Beach, Florida, 
in May 1980. 


Robert L. Hill (B.M.E. '56) has re- 
tired on a medical disability and volun- 
teers as manager of the Savannah 
Symphony Chorale and the Savannah 
Youth Orchestra. 

William O. McCabe, Jr. (M.D. '56) is 
serving as chairman of the board for the 
Community Bank of Forest, Forest, 


The first Nurse of the Year Award 
granted by the Air Force Logistics 
Command has gone to Margaret P. C. 
Nelson (B.S. nursing '57). Lt. Col. Nel- 
son is currently serving as educational 
coordinator at the Wright-Patterson 
Medical Center and is responsible for 
developing and delivering training 
programs for all nursing personnel as- 
signed to the center. 


E. Wayne Titmus (B.S. business ad- 
ministration '58) has been named cost 
containment coordinator for Revnolds 
Metals Companv. 

Kenneth L. Waddell (M.H.A. 58) 
has been elected president of the Vir- 
ginia Hospital Association for 1979-80. 


The handsome river boat gambler 
Gaylord Ravenal in the Woman's Club 
of Hopewell production of Slioiv Boat 
was played bv John A. Kontopanos, 
Jr. (D.D.S. '59) The proceeds from the 
production were to benefit the Camp 

Easter Seal East and a local dental pro- 
gram for children. 

Philip R. Redman (B.F. A. art educa- 
tion '59) is a teacher/ coordinator with 
the Chesterfield County School Sys- 
tem. He has been involved in art educa- 
tion, industrial arts education and is 
currently coordinator of Industrial 
Cooperative Training (ICT). 


The U. S. General Accounting Office 
has appointed Samuel W. Bowlin(B.S. 
accounting '60) associate director of the 
International Division. 

"I continue to paint," writes Ashlin 
Wyatt Smith (M.F. A. '60). Her studio is 
at the McGutty Art Center in Char- 
lottesville where she works with 40 
other artists and craftsmen. Smith was 
a founding member of this joint city/ 
artist organization and served as its 


Benjamin F. Knight, Jr. (D.D.S. '61) 
a Lynchburg oral and maxillofacial sur- 
geon, has assumed the presidency of 
the Virginia Society of Oral and Maxil- 
lofacial Surgeons. 



Joseph C. Parker, Jr. (M.D. '62) is a 
professor of pathology at the Univer- 
sity of Miami. He is developing a 
neuropathology program for studying 
hereditary degenerative neural dis- 
eases and aging changes in the brain. 


John F. Wilson (B.F. A drama and 
speech '63) has recently been made 
anchorman for the KSE)K news pro- 
gram in St. Louis, Missouri. 


Billy Conn Fleming (B.F. A. theatre 
'64) has written the book for a new 
musical. Swing, which opened at the 
Kennedy Center in Washington. 

Roger W. Cakes (B.S. advertising 
'64) owns a chain of pet stores, Pet- 
Go-Round, in North Carolina and 
South Carolina. He also has a kitchen 
cabinet business specializing in im- 
ported German kitchen interiors. 

Susan Joanna Van Pool (B.F. A. 
fashion illustration '64) is working as a 
freelance graphic designer. 

Barbara B. Ward (certificate medical 
secretary '64) has accepted a position as 
secretary to Gene T. Malone, D.O., 
Brookfield, Missouri. 

Shirley D. Barker (M.S.W. '65) has 
been appointed deputy director of the 
Division of Mental Health, University 
of California at Davis Medical School. 
This is the first time a non-physician 
has held this position in any of the 
University of California Medical 
Schools. In addition to administering 
the school's clinical treatment pro- 
grams for adults and children, Ms. 
Barker is a faculty member in the De- 
partment of Psychiatry. 

Kathleen Lawyer Hughes (B.M.E. 
'65) performed at a Second Presby- 
terian Church's "Music At Noon" con- 

William P. Kennedy (D.D.S. '65) 
was elected to the South Carolina State 
Board of Dental Examiners. 

James E. Little (D.D.S. '65) is presi- 
dent of a dental group which 
specializes in quality, economical 
prosthetics and now has three locations 
in Florida. 

Nicholas W. Orsi III (B.S. general 
business '65) has been elected an assis- 
tant vice-president of Alexander and 
Alexander of Virginia Inc. 

The National Starch and Chemical 
Corporation has promoted Norman R. 
Pifer(B.S. distributive education '65) to 
district sales manager at the Cincinnati 


David F. Alexick (M.F. A. fine arts 
'66) is presently teaching painting, 
sculpture and ceramics at Christopher 
Newport College and an art course at 
the College of William and Mary. 

D. John Armstrong (B.F. A. drama 
'66) works for Cariliner in New York in 
their new department called Video- 

L. D. Callans, Jr. (B.S. accounting 
'66) became the general sales manager 
of Frontier Ford in Santa Clara, 

A Master in Art Therapy was 
awarded to Pamela Lowenthal (B.F. A. 
'66) from George Washington Univer- 
sity. She is currently a faculty/staff 
member of the Chemistry Department 
of American University as an art dem- 
onstration teacher in a model school art 
and science program for mainstream- 
ing deaf, blind and emotionally dis- 
turbed children. 

Wallace M. Saval (B.A. history '66) 
was appointed principal of Northeast 
Senior High School in McLeansville, 
N. C. and is a doctoral candidate at 

George Peabody College for Teachers 
of Vanderbilt University. 


The VA Federation of Emergency 
Medical Services Inc. has promoted 
Andrea Respess Clapp (B.S. retailing 
'67) to executive director. The corpora- 
tion is designed to aid local planning 
an-d systems development in 
emergency health care. 

Joseph J. Markow, Jr. (B.S. business 
'67) received a Sammy award, pre- 
sented to distinguished salesmen. He 
is currently employed as a realtor with 
Winfree H. Slater, Inc., Realtors. 

Charles H. Massey (B.F. A. dramatic 
art '67) is working in film and television 
for the Zoli Agency in New York City. 

Harold E. North (M.F. A. '67) is co- 
curator at the 1708 East Main alternative 
space gallery in Richmond. 


The Virginia State Department of 
Welfare has appointed Joseph P. An- 
drews (M.S. psychology '68) to assis- 
tant director of staff development. 

An old fire engine, a turn-of-the- 
century model airplane dangling from 
the porch rafters, or a fuzzy pink pig 
peeking through the front window at- 
tract visitors to the home of sculpture 
Clifford Earl (B.F. A. fine arts '68). 
Earl's work has grown in popularity 
through the years, and two of his 
sculptured flying machines hang in the 
Smithsonian Institute's aerospace divi- 

Charles E. McCabe, Jr. (B.S. retail- 
ing '68) is a program analyst with the 
Office of the Assistant Secretary of 
Defense — Comptroller. 

Sandra Eley Tims (M.M.E. '68) 
served as the chamber music assistant 
for the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. in 
Charleston, South Carolina. 


Richard L. Atkinson, Jr. (M.D. '68, 
internship '69) is an assistant professor 
at the University of Virginia in the 
Division of Endocrine-Metabolism and 
is the director of the Clinical Nutrition 
Center. Additionally, Atkinson is 
doing research on obesity and diabetes . 

Jennings G. Cox (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling '69) was named director of 
counseling services at Longwood Col- 

Sherry Sebrell Parker (B.S. social 
welfare '69) is the director of social 
work at the Portsmouth General Hos- 
pital in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

James G. Smith (B.S. business man- 
agement '69) is an assistant vice- 



Class Rings 

Even if you failed to buy a class 
ring as a student, you can now 
order one. Rings for both men 
and women are available in a wide 
variety of styles. For more infor- 
mation and a price list, write for a 
ring order kit and please, specify 
whether the ring is for a man or a 

For a ring order kit-price list, 
please write: Alumni Activities 
Office, Virginia Commonwealth 
University, Richmond, Virginia 

president with Johnson and Higgins of 
Florida and is responsible for risk man- 
agement services for major clients. 

Saint Albans Psychiatric Hospital 
has named Robert L. Terrell, Jr. 
(M.H.A. '69) administrator. 


Free-lance artist and teacher James 
M. Bennett (B.F.A. painting and 
printmaking '70) demonstrated the art 
of caUigraphy to members of the 
Shenandoah Valley Artists Associa- 

Thomas R. Blount, Jr. (B.S. ac- 
counting '70) was named finance direc- 
tor of Petersburg, Virginia. 

Barbara Stewart Brown (B.S. nurs- 
ing '70) is a pediatric nurse practitioner 
in Richmond and editor of Pediatric 
Nursing, the journal of the National 
Association of Pediatric Nurse Asso- 


ciates and Practitioners. 

Robert C. Collins (B.S. business 
administration '70) received a Sammy 
award for distinguished salesmen. He 
is employed as an associate broker of 
Winfree H. Slater Inc., Realtors. 

Douglas H. Donohoe (B.S. man- 
agement '70) is the president of Future 
Sound Inc., which was chosen by the 
Lake Placid Olympic Organizing 
Committee to be the official consultant 
and supplier of sound reinforcement 
systems to the XIII Olympic Winter 

"Good Times with Rhymes", a 
summer poetry class for children, was 
taught by Esther Leiper Estabrooks 
(B.A. English '70). 

Gloria Johnson Irvin (M.Ed, guid- 
ance '70) was awarded a Sammy for her 
distinguished work as a realtor with 
Winfree H. Slater Inc., Realtors. 

S. Jackson Salasky (B.S. advertising 
'70), an attorney, is now associated 
with the firm of Winkle, Wells & Staf- 
ford, P.C. in Dallas, Texas. 

The International Food Beverage 
Company of Richmond has transferred 
W. Douglas Saylor (B.S. advertising 
'70) to Virginia Beach where he will be 
the Norfolk sales manager. 

David W. Spain (B.S. business ad- 
ministration '70) has been promoted to 
vice-president of Crossway Inn Inc., 
owners of the Crossway Inn and Ten- 
nis Resort. He has also been elected 
president of the Cocoa Beach Area 
Chamber of Commerce and appointed 
by the Brevard County Commission to 
the Brevard County Tourist Develop- 
ment Council and treasurer of the 
Space Coast Tourism Committee of the 
county wide information bureau lo- 
cated at the Kennedy Space Center. 


Donna B. Aronson (B.F.A. dramatic 
art and speech '71) has been appointed 
assistant professor of theatre at Five 
College Inc. This is a consortium of Mt. 
Holyoke, Smith, Amherst, and Hamp- 
shire Colleges and the University of 

Christopher P. Clarens (B.F.A. 
dramatic art and speech '71) works as a 
designer for television in Los Angeles. 

William I. Ivey III (M.S. clinical 
psychology '71) is currently working 
for the regional office of the U.S. Public 
Health Service in Atlanta, Georgia, 
where he travels throughout the 
southeast as a mental health consult- 

Eric A. McFarland (B.F.A. dramatic 
art and speech '71) is a story editor for 
Allan Carr Films Inc. in Los Angeles 
and is also a writer for the Holh/uvod 
Reporter, a trade paper. 

The richly textured, complex intagUo 
prints of Everett L. Wtnrow (M.A.E. 
'71) were on display at Norfolk State 
University's James Wise Gallery. 


John C. Bennett (B.S. psychology 
'72) has been re-elected for a four-year 
term as commonwealth attorney for 
Culpeper County, Virginia. 

Daniel C. Brooker, Jr. (M.D. '72) has 
recently completed a tour of duty as a 
staff orthopedic surgeon at the U. S. 
Army Hospital, Ft. Campbell, Ken- 
tucky and is presently a fellow in 
pediatric orthopedic surgery at Van- 
derbUt University .In July 1980 , Brooker 
plans to open a practice in Waycross, 

The Arizona Department of Health 
Services has appointed Frederick F. 
Hughes (M.H.A. '72) chief of the 
Bureau of Health Economics. He wUl be 
responsible for administering the 
Arizona rate review and uniform ac- 
counting reporting programs required 
of all licensed hospitals, nursing homes 
and other health care institutions. 

Jane E. Miller (B.S. nursing '72) has 
completed the U. S. Air Force Nurse 
Midwifery Residency Program and is 
certified by the American College of 
Nurse Midwives. She is currently a 
Captain in the Air Force Nurse Corp 
and is stationed at Langley Air Force 

Chang Woon Moon (B.A. history 
'72) is president of the United East 
Trading Company in Corona, Califor- 
nia. Moon founded the company ap- 
proximately three years ago to import 
furniture, shoes and other accessories 
from the Far East. 

Alexandra M. Pappas' (B.F.A. 
painting and printmaking '72) small 
works on paper appeared at Scott- 
McKennis Fine Art. 

Christopher M. Sieverdes (M.S. 
sociology '72) was promoted to an 
associate professor of sociology by 
Clemson University. 

W. Terry Snyder (B.F.A. fashion art 
'72) is a puppeteer and uses the Valen- 
tine Museum's Junior Center as his 
performing home. 


The Pepsi-Cola Company has pro- 
moted Daniel A. Bedway (B.S. man- 
agement '73) to district manager of 
Central Pennsylvania. 

The Medical Center Hospitals Board 
of Directors appointed David L. Bemd 
(M.H.A. '73) as administrator of Nor- 
folk General Hospital, the second 

largest, not-for-profit private teaching 
hospital in Virginia. 

Archie T. Bruns (M.H.A. '73) is the 
executive director of Thorns Rehabilita- 
tion Hospital in Asheville, North 

Charles C. Conway, Jr. (B.S. busi- 
ness administration '73) received a 
Sammy award, presented to distin- 
guished salesmen. He is employed as 
an investment officer with First & Mer- 
chants National Bank. 

Jackson W. Landham III (M.S. 
business '73) received a master of di- 
vinity from the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary, Louisville. 

John R. T. Moore (B.A. English '73) 
has been studying bookbinding for the 
past several years. During the last year, 
he completed an edition binding, in 
limp vellum, of Portable Kisses by Tess 
Gallagher and completed two months 
of advance study with Hugo Peller, at 
the Centro del bel Libro, Ascona, Swit- 


Samuel G. Banks (M.A.E. '74), di- 
rector of the Richmond Public Schools 
Humanities Center, had his photo- 
graphs exhibited at "Dimensions and 
Directions: Black Artists of the South" 
at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 

Jane Piland Barker (B.S. elementary 
education '74) has completed the re- 
quirements for a master's degree in 
rehabilitation counseling at the Univer- 
sity of Scranton and was selected an 
outstanding young woman in America 
for 1980. 

Marilla Mattox Haas (M.M.E. '74) 
performed piano duets at a concert 
presented by the faculty of the Mary 
Washington College music depart- 

Jonathan J. Kirk (B.F.A. communi- 
cation arts and design '74) is an art 
director with the National Geographic 

David M. Kling (M. Ed. elementary 
education '74) is working for Sea Ser- 
vice Company, a service company 
which provides purchasing and ac- 
counting services to three nursing 
homes in New York City, as purchas- 
ing director. 

A Richmond thespian has emigrated 
to Los Angeles. Barclay Lottimer 
(B.F.A. dramatic art and speech '74) 
has co-founded his own film produc- 
tion company, with its first film, 
"Wildwoods," to be ready for theaters 
in early spring of 1981 . 

The Bank of Virginia in Front Royal 
has named H. Paige Manuel (B.S. 
marketing '74) business development 

Paul R. Miller (B.S. administration 
of justice and public safety '74) was 
named the first jail administrator in the 
Commonwealth of Virginia. Miller will 
be the administrator of the Virginia 
Beach Correctional Center and will be 
responsible for implementing court 
mandated programs. 

An organ recital was presented by 
Bernard R. Riley (MM. '74) at the St. 
James Episcopal Church in Richmond. 

Edward J. Ritz, Jr. (B.S. manage- 
ment '74) has been elected a vice- 
president of Richmond Plastics Inc. 

Edward M. Tierney Ill's (B.F.A. 
painting and printmaking '74) works of 
acrylic on paper were exhibited at the 
1708 gallery in Richmond. 

Special recognition was awarded to 
Alyce Musgrove Walcavich (M.F.A. 
painting and printmaking '74) by 
Teresa Annas of the Virginian-Pilot. 
Annas wrote, "Her work immediately 
grabs your attention — partly because of 
the predominating size of her canvas- 
ses and partly because of the astonish- 
ing quality of her brand of realism . . .a 
real discovery." 


Thomas E. Baker (M.S. rehabilita- 
tion counseling '75) was recently voted 
tenure by the faculty of the University 
of Scranton; Barker is a member of the 
sociology /criminal justice department 
at the university. Additionally he has 
been promoted to Captain in the U.S. 
Army Reserve and Commander of the 
322D Military Police (CI) Detachment. 
Barker also received the 1980 award for 
Who's Who in American Law En- 
forcement and the Outstanding Young 
Men of America Award. 

Wendy P. Bone(M.D. '75) is working 
at Kent State University where she is a 
student health physician and also 
serves as team physician for all the 
women's athletic teams. In addition. 
Bone is teaching part time at 
NEOUCOM, the new consortium 
medical school in northeast Ohio. 

Richard A. Bonelli II (B.S. business 
administration '75) is currently 
employed by the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers as a real estate appraiser. 

The Library of Congress Copyright 
Office has promoted Ronnie Lee Cle- 
ments (B.S. mass communications '75) 
to the position of copyright technician. 
This position involves the preliminary 
screening of recommendations for ac- 
tion concerning incoming applications 
and correspondence about the 
copyright laws. 

Thomas J. Dorsey (B.S. business 
administration '75) was promoted from 
director of options strategy to vice- 
president by Wheat, First Securities 

Theresa J. Duprey (B.S. psychology 
'75) is employed by the Department of 
the Army as a personnel staffing 
specialist at the Civilian Personnel 
Office in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Julia B. Ellis (B.F.A. communication 
arts and design '75) is an ace television 
editor with ABC news in Washington, 

Earl Gordon (B.F.A. sculphjre '75) 
had his work exhibited at the Virginia 
Museum's Institute of Contemporary 

Reuben J. Waller, Jr. (B.A. history 
'75) is a real estate appraiser for Lip- 
man, Frizzell and Mitchell and is cur- 
rently working towards the completion 
of the requirements for a M.A.I, desig- 
nation from the American Institute of 
Real Estate Appraisers. 

The work of King D. Webb (B.F.A. 
communication arts and design '75) 
may be mistaken for silkscreen prints 
because of the exactness of his ren- 
derings and the smoothness of his tex- 
tures, according to the Richmond News 
Leader, but they are one-of-a-kind works 
created with ruling pens and designer's 
gouache. Webb has won numerous 
awards for his art including "Best in 
Show" in "Expressions '77" and "Ex- 
pressions '79" sponsored by the Rich- 
mond Chapter of the National Confer- 
ence of Artists. 


Diane Vayo Blunt (B.F.A. interior 
design '76) is employed by Business 
Furniture Interiors, a northern Virginia 
office furnishings dealer that designs 
offices and banks. 

Don W. Bradley (M.D. '76) and his 
wife Martha Key Bradley (M.D. '76) 
were the featured speakers at the an- 
nual meeting of the Virginia Council on 
Health and Medical Care. Their topic 
was "Recruiting Physicians for Vir- 

Tracy Taylor Brewer (B.S. elemen- 
tary education '76) received an M.Ed, 
in audio-visual education from the 
University of Virginia. 

The Harold Decker Gallery held an 
exhibition of 34 new works in acrylic by 
David H. Cochran (B.F.A. painting 
and printmaking '76) 

Sharon L. Duncan (B.S. elementary 
education '76) played "sweet Mag- 
nolia" in Show Boat, a benefit produc- 
tion for the Woman's Club of Hope- 



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Regina A. Gargus (B.S. Biology '76) 
will graduate this May with an M.D. 
from MCV and will continue at MCV as 
a pediatric resident. 

Rochelle V. Habeck (M.S. rehabilita- 
tion counseling '76) is currently en- 
rolled in the Ph. D. program in rehabili- 
tation counseling psychology at the 
University of Wisconsin — Madison 
and is working part-time as coor- 
dinator of rehabilitation and continu- 
ing care for the Wisconsin Clinical 
Cancer Center. 

Ocie K. Jones (A.S. legal secretary 
'76) works for the Utility Corporation of 
New Hampshire. 

Lynn T. Legum (B.S. marketing '76) 
is currently an account executive for 
Ogilvy & Mather Direct Response Inc. 
in New York. 

Jeannette Drake Robinson (M.S.W. 
'76), a clinical social worker at Family 
and Children's Service of Richmond, is 
the co-director of a series on "Com- 
munication for Black Couples: Choice 
or Chance?" 

Basic wall sculptures by Michele C. 
Smith (B.F. A. art '76) were displayed at 
the 1708 gallery in Richmond. 

The Independent Insurance Agents 
of Virginia Inc. has appointed Ted L. 
Smith (B.S. business administration 
'76) executive vice-president. 

Robert A. Stanford (B.S. chemistry 
'76) is teaching cooking at the St. John's 
Wood apartments and is a third-year 
apprentice in the Virginia Chef's Asso- 
ciation apprentice program. 


Lori A. Adams (B.F. A. theatre '77) 
has been working at the Cincinnati 
Theatre in the Park, a LORT regional 
theatre, as chief costume cutter/ 

Stewart E. Beanum (M.Ed, adminis- 
tration and supervision '77) is a 
member of the McKenney Town Plan- 
ning Council, the Special Education 
Advisory Committee of Dinwiddle 
County and Area 16 Special Olympics 
representative for the Dinwiddie 
County Public Schools. 

John S. Boyles (B.M.E. '77) pre- 
sented a program of classical guitar 
music for the Music at Noon Series at 
St. Paul's Church in Richmond. 

Carolyn J. Cooper (B.S. recreation 
'77) has been appointed executive di- 
rector of United Cerebral Palsy of Cen- 
tral Indiana. 

Anne E. Demmon (B.S. nursing '77) 
has been at Memorial Children's Hos- 
pital in Long Beach, California for over 
two years, where her specialities are 
oncology and diabetic teaching. 

Randolph-Macon College featured 
the drawings and paintings of artist- 
in-resident M. Jean Edwards (M.F.A. 
painting and printmaking '77). 

James E. Emory II (M.S.W. '77) has 
been promoted to the rank of Captair 
in the Medical Service Corps, U.S. 
Army. He is presently assigned as a 
social work officer. Social Work Divi- 
sion, U.S. Army Retraining Brigade, 
Fort Riley, Kansas. The brigade deals 
with the retraining and rehabilitation of 
soldiers convicted of various offenses 
under the Uniform Code of Military 

Linda Sniezek Haggerty (M.S. mic- 
robiology '77) has recently been pro- 
moted to biocontrol supervisor ir 
Travenol Laboratories. She will be re- 
sponsible for micro quality control, 
steam and ETO sterilization and en- 
vironmental and sterility testing. 

Willie H. Hall, Jr. (B.F. A. sculpture 
'77) showed five of his works in the 
Richmond Public Library's Second 
Floor Gallery. 

Virginia Museum artist-in resident 
Pauline Gerst Lazaron (B.F. A. art edu- 
cation '77) has held numerous two-day 
creative art workshops for children. 

Henry B. Nicholson, Jr. (M.H.A. '77) 
has been promoted to Major and reas- 
signed from the position of hospital 
administrator, USAF Hospital, 
Mountain Home, Idaho, to the position 
of current plans and operations man- 
ager. Directorate of Plans and Re- 
sources, Office of the Surgeon General 

Mark Parrington (M.H.A. '77) was 
named director of corporate planning 
for Sutter Community Hospitals in 
Sacramento, California. 
Charles N. Smith (B.S. psychology '77) 
has been the director of liie Black Awak- 
ening Choir of VCU for the past seven 
years. The choir celebrated its 10th an- 
niversary in April 1980. 

Susette Sides Stansell (B.F. A. 
sculpture '77) is a free-lance illustrator 
in Richmond, specializing in Lerov- 
lettered medical graphs for pub- 
lications and slides. 

Lynn H. Tyler (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling '77) is employed as an edu- 
cational specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia. 

The Southhampton Correctional 
Center has promoted Ellis B. Wright 
Jr. (M.S. rehabilitation counseling '77) 
from corrections treatment program 
supervisor to assistant superintendent. 


Margaret A. Branche (B.S. nursing 
'78) joined the U. S. Navy Reserves. 
She is currently stationed at the Na- 


tional Naval Medical Center in 
Bethesda and working as a staff nurse 
in the intensive care unit. 

Joseph P. Browning (B.S. mass 
communications '78) has become 
sports editor for the Standard-Jinirnal 
Neu'spapcrs, Rexburg, Idaho. 

Jerry L. Copley (M. Ed. distributive 
education '78) is currently working as 
the vocational coordinator and assis- 
tant principal at King George Middle 
School, King George, Virginia. 

Mark C. Cox (M.S. rehabilitation 
counseling '78) has recently become a 
rehabilitation psychologist at Betty 
Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital in 
Pomona, New Jersey. 

An exhibition of hand-tinted photo- 
graphs by Cathleen P. Crone (B.F.A. 
communication arts and design '78) 
was on view at the Photoworks Gallery 
in Richmond. 

"August Echo" a deceptively simple 
wall hanging by Karen C. Eide (B.F.A. 
crafts '78) was on display at the third 
annual exhibit of The Textile Designers 

John N. Gargus (M.D. 1978) has 
joined the Family Practice Association 
in Hopewell, Virginia. 

Robert M. Haggerty (M.S. mic- 
robiology '78) was recently promoted 
to research associate in the Corporate 
Microbiology Division of Travenol 
Laboratories. Haggerty is responsible 
for the biovalidation and engineering 
of sterilization processes for par- 

M.F.M. Hutcheson (B.F.A. 
sculpture '78) had an exhibition of his 
works at the 1708 gallery in Richmond. 

Rosalind H. Kreshin (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public safety '78) 
is a juvenile probahon counselor at 
Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic 
Relations Court. 

Michelle Morris (B.F.A. crafts '78) 
has her work highlighted at the third 
annual exhibit of The Textile Designers 

Regina Rafter (B.S. psychology '78) 
was promoted from assistant store 
manager in the Chicago Loop store of 
the Three Sisters/Jean Nicole women's 
clothing stores, to store manager of the 
chain's Jean Nicole store in Merrillville, 

Edwin P. Shelton (B.F.A. sculpture 
'78) had an exhibition of his works at 
the 1708 gallery in Richmond. 

Carrie Jefferson Smith (M.S.W. '78) 
has been named equal opportunity 
representative for the Kansas 
Neurological Institute, Topeka. The 
KNI is a residential treatment facihty 
for the developmentally disabled and 
mentally retarded child and his family. 


J. Michael Andrews (B.S. mass 
communications '79) was com- 
missioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy 
and is currently stationed at Destroyer 
Squadron 28, Naval Education and 
Training Center, Newport, Rhode Is- 
land. In August 1980, he will attend 
Surface Warfare Officer School and 
then Communications School. An- 
drews and his wife Joann Thorson 
(B.S. mass communications/ 
psychology '79) live in Middletown, 
Rhode Island. 

Philip Morris Incorporated has ap- 
pointed Manuel C. Bourlas (Ph. D. 
chemistry '79) manager of its analytical 
research division. 

Cathleen Bradley Fitl (M.F.A. crafts 
'79) had her limited edition art clothing 
highlighted at the third annual exhibit 
of The Textile Designers Association. 

The Virginia Department of Al- 
coholic Beverage Control has named 
Patricia C. Hassard (M.S. mass com- 
munications '79) information officer. 

Carolyn Artz Kronk (M.Ed, adult 
education '79) produced a 30-minute 
television program, Tlic Spirit of Bon 
Secours, about St. Mary's Hospital. 

According to Robert Merritt, 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, "For just 
over a month, Dolores "Dee" 
Slominski (B.F.A. theatre '79) hasbeen 
lighting the fuse that ignites the 
Haymarket Dinner Theater production 
of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " 

Frederick W. Turner (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public safety '79) 
has been elected to the executive board 
of the Virginia Correctional Associa- 
tion. He will hold the office of central 
region vice-chairman and represent 
Central Virginia. 

Adebisi N. Owodunni (M.F.A. 
sculpture '79) conducted a one-day 
workshop for the Suffolk Art League 
and the Suffolk Department of Parks 
and Recreation. Additionally, he was 
artist-in-resident for the Virginia 
Commission of the Arts and Human- 

The Virginia Stage Company cast 
Andrew F. Umberger (B.F.A. theatre 
'79) in the role of Wesley for its produc- 
tion oi Count Dracula. 


Robert J. Murrin (M.S. public ad- 
ministration '80) has been named the 
administrative assistant purchasing 
agent for the City of South Boston, 


VCU Cooks, a delectable 
cookbook, has been published 
bv the VCU Faculty Woman's 

The 400-page cookbook has 
hundreds of recipes from all 
cultures and is illustrated with 
pen and ink drawings of cam- 
pus buildings. 

The cookbook has a glossy 
cover and will lay flat when 

VCU Cooh. is available for 
$8.00 plus $1.00 mailing 
through the Alumni Activities 

Alunuii Activities Office 
Virginia Commonwealth 

Richmond, Virginia 23284 

Please make checks payable 
to VCU Cooks. 

Please send me copy (ies) 

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Dear Editor, 

Thank you for my copy of the 
VCU magazine reporting the 
RECEP project. The article 
reflected an overview and 
philosophies of staff and program 
strategies for our students. 

It has been called to my attention, 
that statements quoted by me 
without my preceding statements 
resulted in giving the impression 
that we do not have sufficient 
"support staff," and that "a full- 
time nurse is needed to give 

I request that, in your next issue, 
a clarifying statement be made to 
the effect that the school adminis- 
tration and the medical services 
staff have worked diligently with 

parents and staff to maintain the 
level of full support services for 
our nurse and therapists as well. 

If you would read it again without 
knowing the program and know- 
ing my preceding statement, one 
may get the impression that we 
"need a full-time nurse." 

I thank you for being instrumental 
in maintaining the cooperative 
efforts we have shared through 
the years. 

Geraldine Brandon 
Head Teacher 

Dear Editor, 

In the Spring issue of VCU an 
article Vignettes of Richmond, 
referred to Justice Crutchfield, 
who was on the bench when I 
was a medical student in 1916. A 
classmate named Claude was on 
his way to the Egyptian building 
when he encountered some trou- 
ble, as follows. 

And it came to pass that 
Claudius, one of the tribe of 
Medicos, spake to a dame whom 
he knoweth not. And he was 
perceived by Hyenus, one of the 
tribe of Cops, and he was taken to 
the Court of Justice, and ar- 
raigned before Judge Crutchfield, 
and he was adjudged guilty, and 
was fined twenty pieces of silver. 
Claudius went out, and wept. 

F. C. Hodges, M.D. 
Class of 1917. 

Answers to questions on page 7. 

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(5) The scientist is a woman. 

(6) Grandfather, father and son. 

(7) The traveler first takes the pig over, then 
returns. Next, he takes the vegetables over 
and returns with the pig. The alligator takes 
the next trip, and the man crosses over 
again for his pig. 

(9) Take a checker out of the box marked 
"RB". If the checker is red, the box is 
"RR." This leaves only two boxes to find. 
One box you did not open was "BB", but 
this is labelled incorrectlv so it must be 
"RB." The last box is "BB." If the checker 
pulled out of "RB" was black, the same 
logic would applv to find "RR" and "RB." 

(10) GlenPlott 

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eating in restaurant 

Veda Bellamv 
Kerosene lamp 
home watching TV 

(11) 3, 3 and 8 

Most of the puzzles have been "around tor years" 
and are found in numerous mathematics books. 
Puzzle number 10 is adapted from Mind Bciuicr — 
B2, Midwest Publications Company Inc., 1978. 


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fishing being Lisbon's largest industries, the 
dining is sure to be excellent. Your tour in July 
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The famous "Passion Play," performed only a few 
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You may choose either the fly /drive option, 
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can set your own itinerary, or the motorcoach 
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shopping — and between towns lies the green, where the beaches are beautiful, the golfing and 

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